Filipino volunteers spread cheer at an elder care facility in Australia

MELBOURNE — Young volunteers from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Australia have once again visited the elders at the Bernadette’s Residential Aged Care facility in Melbourne.

The said facility is home to 95 elders, many of them with no relatives to take care of them while some are temporarily staying there as  relatives can no longer support them.

The elders were grateful for the volunteers’ visit and after our kasangbahays entertained them.

Joyce Thomas, a resident of the facility, said, “We just had a beautiful choir, their names are MCGI. We are in the community center of St. Bernadettes. We had a glorious time and those singers and dancers were wonderful. I think they should come back and we will enjoy them more.”

The MCGI volunteers, meanwhile, are delighted to have the opportunity to ease the sadness of the elders.

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“Para sa akin po nakakagaan ng pakiramdam na kahit papano po nakakapagpasaya po kami ng matatanda na minsan na lang po binibista ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay kaya ako po masarap po sa pakiramdam (It’s such a nice feeling to make them happy even for a while. They are elders whose loved ones rarely visit them),” Carlo Duran, an MCGI youth member said.

While MCGI member Paul Saba said, “Bilang representative po ng kabataan dito sa Australia, kami po ay full-support sa advocacy ni Kuya Daniel sa pagtulong sa kapuwa lalo na po sa mga matatanda(As representatives of the MCGI here in Australia, we are in full support of the advocacies of Kuya Daniel in helping others especially the elders).”

Even though only through small ways, MCGI’s volunteers strive to entertain and grant the small wishes of the elders. — Nicole Reyes | UNTV News & Rescue

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